Hi! My name is Rebekah Rehfeld. I am nine years old and in the fourth grade. I have a lot of things that make me, me. Some are things that just anyone can see, like my brown hair, my brown eyes and how tall I am. But there are also differences that I have that not everyone can see. Some of these are me being part Mexican and my dad being in the military. My visible and invisible differences influence my life in many ways.
The invisible differences that might just influence my life the most is the one about my dad being in the military. It affects my life a lot because sometimes it can be hard being a military family. I have been through four deployments and my dad is on his fifth one right now. He has to go to faraway places like the Middle East, Africa or Asia for months or even a year at times. I don’t get to see him in person, which is hard, but we Skype sometimes. When he does come home for visits, he usually brings us souvenirs from the places he’s been. This year he brought me and my brothers two donut-sized cookies. They were delicious. He also brings us things like teddy bears and stuffed animals, which I sleep with to remind me of him. It is hard when he’s away, but fun when he’s home.
One way I have learned to flaunt my differences is by doing the after school folklorico program at my school. Folklorico is a traditional Mexican folk dance. Anyone can folklorico, but for me its like doing what I love (dancing) and showing my Mexican culture at the same time. I love performing for our school. Sometimes we even take the school bus to high schools and perform there! It’s really fun, and I love doing it.
Writing the essay you are reading has now inspired me to flaunt my differences as if I were a peacock and they were my feathers. I hope that I have inspired you to flaunt your differences too. Once again, I am Rebekah Rehfeld and remember– flaunting your differences is good for you!
DHIFI Inc. congratulates Kids Flaunt finalist Rebekah Rehfeld for sharing what makes her, her!